new window frames
We own a Pearson Countess. The Countess is a ketch rigged pilothouse built by Pearson in the late 60s. We replaced the pilothouse windows (they are too large to be called portlights) a couple of years ago. In the process of removing the old windows we bent the original aluminum frames to the point that they were not reusable. At the suggestion of our favorite marina repairman we had new lexan windows installed without frames. They are cut 1" oversized and surface mounted on the outside of the pilothouse and caulked and thru bolted. Although effective the installation detracts from the original appearance of the boat which is one of the reasons we bought her in the first place.
Any suggestions from owners of pilothouse boats that have experience with a similar situation would be appreciated.